Clásica San Sebastian Region 2018’s route, which will be held on August 4th, totals 228,7 kilometers and a total difference in height of 4118 meters. This 38th edition’s departure will be in San Sebastian’s Hernani street at 11:30 and the arrival is scheduled between 17:15 and 17:45 hours in city’s Boulevard.
This 38th edition has been presented this midday in San Sebastian on an event guided by the official speaker of the race, Iñigo Asensio. The event has been attended by Julian Eraso, president of OCETA; Bingen Zupiria, Basque Government’s Culture counselor; Denis Itxaso, Gipuzkoa’s Sports deputy; and Eneko Goia, San Sebastian’s mayor.
Eraso has explained that this year's route "does not change much compared to last year’s”. Route’s 228,7 kilometers includes three sprints -Irun, Oiartzun, Irun- and eight mountain passes: two of 1st category, four of 2nd category and one of 3rd category.
As the main change of this edition, the 154 cyclists will carry in their bibs a GPS transmitter. The device sends rider’s position data in real time and it will allow to ensure race’s safety and to improve the ‘live’ coverage during the competition. It is a system promoted by EiTB.net, which has made it available to the organization, and which will be available on Eitb’s and Clásica’s websites.
This year’s provisional listof cyclists includes a first level participation. Among the participants, there are 21 basque-riders and other important names like Julian Alaphilippe, Egan Bernal, Tony Gallopin, Bauke Mollema, Primoz Roglic or Alejando Valverde (2008,2014), that if he obtains his third triumph, he will equal to Marino Lejarreta as the cyclist with more victories on the Clásica.
Likewise, a tribute will be paid in the final pódium to José Luis Arrieta, OCETA’s expresident and the actual president of the Basque Cycling Federation, wanting to thank him for his work in the Clásica San Sebastian and the Itzulia Basque Country.
Women’s Clásica San Sebastian
Organizaciones Ciclistas Euskadi -OCETA- wants to push Women’s Clásica San Sebastian Femenina, which could become real in 2019. The aim is to encourage and promote women’s cycling in high level and base and to promote equiality and equity in the sport.
OCETA wants the first edition of this test to be held on August 3rd 2019, coinciding in date with men’s Clásica San Sebastian, and the objective is the race to be part of the UCI Women's World Tour.